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Eurcentrism and the Role of the Human Sciences in the Dialogue among Civilization
  • Syed Farid Alatas
In public discourse and formal education, human sciences need to facilitate the dialogue among civilizations to inculcate an attitude founded on appreciation, understanding, interest, and compassion for the cultures and worldviews of the other. All belief sys- tems are corruptible and can be perverted, and there are specific social and historical conditions that result in these perversions. Human sciences must go beyond merely correcting the fallacies and distortions of public discourse. They must attack the root of the problem, which is the problem of Eurocentrism in social science education that ulti- mately informs public discourse. The problem has to be dealt with at the level of knowl- edge production in teaching and research. This in turn would mean a greater need for interaction among scholarly communities in the various civilizations.
  • Alternative Discourses; Ibn Khaldun; Muslim Extremism; Academic Dependency; Christian-Muslim Dialogue.
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Syed Farid Alatas. "Eurcentrism and the Role of the Human Sciences in the Dialogue among Civilization" DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY 31.6 (2002): 265-279. Available at: